Meet the team: Stephen Collie
From managing construction projects in a war zone to starting his own VIP aviation catering company, Stephen Collie has one heck of a career story to tell.
Stephen joined the McKenzie & Co. team in November 2019 as Development & Project Manager, tasked with delivering the Auranga subdivision project through to completion. And it’s a challenge he’s more than happy to accept.
“I’m keen to get stuck in at a strategic, higher level,” says Stephen of the Auranga project.
“Auranga is a large-scale challenging project, which was one of the main draw-cards for working with McKenzie & Co.
The calibre of land development projects they’re involved in is up there with the biggest and best in the country. Who wouldn’t want to be a part of that?”
Having worked all over the world in countries such as the UK, Tanzania, Dubai, Afghanistan and of course New Zealand, Stephen has significantly built on his early years as an architectural draughtsman.
With a Bachelor of Commerce, NZ Certificate in Architectural Drafting and an NZ Certificate in Small Business Management, Stephen has honed his education and on the job skills to specialise in the project and development management fields.
So, what is it about development projects that ticks Stephen’s boxes? Easy, he’s a born problem solver and someone who likes to keep his plate full.
“Constantly juggling tasks was the norm [in Afghanistan]. In a very rapidly changing environment with few resources readily available, thinking on your feet was paramount and being able to look far enough down the road to identify issues before they come up.”
And if large-scale development projects weren’t enough to keep Stephen busy, he can add “successful business owner” to his CV as well.
“Setting up a VIP aviation catering business in Dubai with my wife was both the most personally satisfying achievement, and one of the most challenging stages of our lives.
Identifying an opportunity and developing a new business from nothing gave me a great sense of self belief that anything is possible if you put your mind to it.”
Oh, and did we mention he’s also a family man, with a passion for a two-wheeled/two-edged adrenalin rush that comes with motorbiking, mountain biking and snowboarding.
It’s a privilege to have you on board Stephen, welcome to the McKenzie & Co. team.
STEPHEN’S FAST FIVE:
1. Favourite food and drink?
BBQ and Beers
2. What are you binging on Netflix?
3. Who would you invite to dinner, dead or alive?
4. Favourite holiday destination?
Desert or mountains somewhere around the world
5. Top of my Spotify playlist?
Our Top 20 of 2020
December 1, 2020
Pumping ahead at Auranga
October 15, 2020
Start your engines, earthworks season has begun
October 7, 2020
Emerging engineering talent at McKenzie & Co.
October 6, 2020
Cycling through the summer with Dynamo
September 28, 2020
3, 2, 1, BLAST OFF
September 3, 2020
Meet our future leaders
August 11, 2020
Meet the team: Don Wu
August 3, 2020
Auckland’s newest city – more than just a neighbourhood.
April 29, 2020
Welcome to McKenzie & Co’s lockdown level three
April 28, 2020
You’re in safe hands with McKenzie & Co.
April 9, 2020
It’s times like these…
April 1, 2020
Twilight Football triumphs
March 26, 2020
Gōng xǐ fā cái
January 23, 2020
Meet the team: Stephen Collie
January 13, 2020
Our summer of sports
January 12, 2020
Lochinvar Estate – creating country dreams
November 13, 2019
Meet the Taupo team
October 31, 2019
Celebrating four years of McKenzie & Co. Taupo
Going pink for a day – the McKenzie & Co. way
October 18, 2019
Earthworks – education and environmental management
September 30, 2019